A national association of innovative & entrepreneurial
behavioral healthcare organizations
focused on the development of C-suite executives.

Agenda for 2024 Milwaukee, WI

Preliminary Program – Subject to Change – Check Back for Additional Information and Updates

  NOTE:    In-Person Conference only!  No Virtual Conference or Remote attendance will be offerered.

Times posted are in CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME (UTC-5)!

2024 Spring Conference

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Cantata Health Solutions   Solution Center   www.cantatahealth.com
Compliatric   Solution Center   www.compliatric.com
ContinuumCloud   Solution Center   www.continuumcloud.com
Eleos Health   WED Orientation Lunch Sponsor   www.eleos.health
Genoa Healthcare   TUE Leadership Incubator and WED Reception Sponsor & Solution Center   www.genoahealthcare.com
Iris Telehealth   Solution Center   www.iristelehealth.com
Johnson & Johnson   Solution Center   www.jnj.com
Limbic   Solution Center   www.limbic.ai
Martyn Family Foundation   Education Sponsor   www.martynfoundation.org
Mend   WED Breakfast Sponsor   www.mend.com
MHRRG / Negley Associates   TUE Reception and Take Note Sponsor & Solution Center   www.mhrrg.com | www.jjnegley.com
Netsmart   WiFi Sponsor & Solution Center   www.ntst.com
NextGen Healthcare   Conference App Sponsor & Solution Center   www.nextgen.com
ObservSMART   Solution Center   www.observsmart.com
Owl   Solution Center   www.owl.health
Pulse for Good   Solution Center   www.pulseforgood.com
Qualifacts   Solution Center   www.qualifacts.com
  Solution Center   www.simitreehc.com/behavioralhealth
Streamline Healthcare Solutions   Solution Center   www.streamlinehealthcare.com
The Meyers Group   Solution Center   www.mr-themeyersgroup.com

IMPORTANT NOTICE:    Recorded Sessions  

  NOTE:    In-Person Conference only!  No Virtual Conference attendance will be offerered. 

Some sessions will be recorded and made available in the Conference Presentations documents library.
These sessions are denoted by the green icon at the right  >>>>>>>>

Tuesday, May 7

 1:30 - 4:30 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 Leadership Incubator
 Sponsored by:  Genoa Healthcare

Curing Adultitis: Your Prescription for Less Stress and More Leadership Success

Presenter: Jason Kotecki - Artist, Speaker and Author

Adultitis is an epidemic that is coming hard after us every single day. It can infiltrate even the best working environments, producing stress and instigating burnout. Left unchecked,  Adultitis will eat your productivity, teamwork, and morale alive. In this light-hearted but hard-hitting program, Jason uncovers and annihilates so-called rules that don’t exist. He’ll reveal some surprising leadership principles that provide a powerful advantage, foster breakthrough levels of innovation, and accomplish what was once thought impossible. By the end, you will be armed with tools for getting better at identifying rules that don’t exist, and tactics for breaking them with confidence.

5:00 - 6:30 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 Welcome Reception
 Sponsored by:  MHRRG / Negley Associates  

All attendees and their travel companions are invited to join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres

6:45 - 9:30 pm CDT (UTC-5) 

 Eleos Health Dinner Party
 Sponsored by:  Eleos Health

Please join Eleos Health to celebrate Milwaukee's cuisine, diversity, and culture all happening on one of the most cherished and historic blocks downtown. 3rd Street Market Hall (275 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 100) is where locals and visitors alike come together to enjoy the best of the city.  There will be turf & shuffleboard courts, a wide selection of Milwaukee's best food vendors, and the best of Brew City together under one roof for an unforgettable evening. Just a short walk over to the 3rd Street Market Hall immediately after mhca's Welcome Reception.

If planning to attend, please pre-register with Eleos Health at the following link:

Wednesday, May 8

 7:30 - 8:30 am CDT (UTC-5)

 Registration & Continental Breakfast
 Sponsored by:  Mend 

 8:30 - 10:00 am CDT (UTC-5)

 Welcome & General Session
 Sponsored by:  Martyn Family Foundation

TOPGUN: Lessons Learned 

Presenter: Patrick Houlahan, Founder & CEO, of Strategic Leadership Consultants LLC

Patrick Houlahan is a former Marine Fighter Pilot and TOPGUN graduate. Patrick will share his top Leadership Lessons from TOPGUN and how those best practices can transform your organization. These Lessons Learned are valuable for any size organization and are necessary to create high performing and resilient teams.

 10:00 - 10:30 am CDT (UTC-5)

 Morning Break
 Sponsorship Available!

 10:30 am - Noon CDT (UTC-5)

 General Session
 Sponsored by:  Martyn Family Foundation

Wired for Wonder: Harnessing the Brain Science of Awe to Optimize Resilience & Maximize Performance

Presenter: Dee O’Neill MS LPC BCN - Speaker, Author & Coach, of NeuroCognitive Fitness, LLC

Where does your mind go when left to its own devices? Stress, worry, and status quo? Or happiness, joy, even awe? Historically, awe and wonder have seemed to be shrouded in  mystery, aligned more with highly unusual or rare occurrences. Recent findings highlight that awe is a fundamental human emotion. We are learning that not only do humans naturally experience  awe but that we are-in all likelihood-wired to do so. This means we can improve upon and increase the awe in our lives and in the lives of our communities of people we serve to benefit from this  growing body of scientific knowledge. The positive effects can be vast both personally and professionally for advancing the causes and strategic objectives of organizations.

 Noon - 1:30 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 Grab Lunch with a Few of Your mhca Peers

 Noon - 1:30 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 Orientation Lunch for New & Prospective mhca Member CEOs (by invitation only)
 Sponsored by: Eleos Health

 1:30 - 3:00 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 Breakout Sessions

Neuroscience of Narrative: How Stories Impact & Influence the Brain

Presenter: Dee O’Neill MS LPC BCN - Speaker, Author & Coach, of NeuroCognitive Fitness, LLC

Are you as good of a storyteller as you’d like to be? As leaders, how can we be more effective and efficient storytellers in order to have more impact & influence? Understanding the  brain science of what happens when we are both telling and taking- in stories empowers us to incorporate stronger storytelling techniques. This visual & interactive session balances practical cognitive science with real-life examples to help create persuasive, lasting memories that can encourage action.

CODAC’s Wellness Team: An Integrated Approach to Bridging Mental and Physical Health

Presenters: Celena Leland MS CNS BHT, Certified Health Coach; and Eric Contreras CPT, Certified Personal Trainer

Join us for a discussion on how CODAC’s Wellness Team bridges the gap between mental and physical healthcare. We’ll explore the connection between second-generation  antipsychotic medications and metabolic syndrome, the impact of nutrition and fitness on mental health, and the logistics of incorporating health coaching and personal training into behavioral health systems. We’ll showcase engagement rates, outcomes, and member feedback, and invite you to take part in the paradigm shift toward integrated, salutogenic approaches to healthcare.

 3:00 - 3:30 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 Afternoon Break
 Sponsorship Available!

 3:30 - 5:00 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 Breakout Session

Leadership Foundations’ Workshop

Presenter: Patrick Houlahan, Founder & CEO, of Strategic Leadership Consultants LLC

Perhaps the most important thing a leader can do and what most organizations don’t do is hold Safe, Honest, Open Debriefs on a regular basis. Patrick will take a deeper dive into the  Debriefing process and lead a facilitated discussion on the impediments to debriefing. The group will also discuss opportunities to debrief within the mhca community. Finally, the group will  participate in a fun exercise that highlights the need to develop and communicate a simple, understandable, and actionable purpose.

AI Literacy in Behavioral Health: How to Use it Securely, Effectively, and Responsibly

Presenters: Moderator Dennis P. Morrison PhD, of Morrison Consulting; Kathie Snell MA LPC, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, of Aurora Mental Health & Recovery; and Nisheeta Setlur, VP of Customer Success, of Eleos Health

With behavioral health entering its AI era, it’s more important than ever for organizational leaders to understand the science behind the technology, safety and security considerations, and best practices for implementation and use.

Only when you have a firm grip on the inner workings of AI can you leverage it to the fullest—unlocking a whole new level of operational efficiency and data-driven care. In this session, attendees will hear from experts in both data science and health IT on the must-know concepts for evaluating, adopting, and using AI technology in a safe and responsible way.

 5:00 - 6:30 pm CDT (UTC-5) 

 Sponsored by: Genoa Healthcare

All attendees and their travel companions are invited to join us for a casual reception.

Thursday, May 9

 7:30 - 8:30 am CDT (UTC-5) 

 Registration & Continental Breakfast
 Sponsorship Available!

 8:30 - 10:00 am CDT (UTC-5)

 General Session
 Sponsored by: Martyn Family Foundation

How to be an Olympian in Business and in Life

Presenter: Olympian, Speaker & Author Ruben Gonzalez

Ruben Gonzalez shares the success principles that took him from a second-string soccer player to a four-time Olympian in the sport of luge. Principles that will help your audience  excel both personally and professionally. Organizations and individuals that are going through major change and going through challenges will especially benefit from Gonzalez’s message.

 10:00 am - 10:30 am CDT (UTC-5)

 Morning Break
 Sponsorship Available!

 10:30 am - Noon CDT (UTC-5) 

 Innovation Expo!


Come hear about a variety of innovative initiatives your mhca peers are involved in! Each presentation will be 20 minutes long.

  1. Community Resources for Justice: "RISE: A Model of Navigation for Clients Who Have Been Affected by Trauma, Violence, and Incarceration"
    Presenters: Ginger Wilk MA, Co-Director, Domestic Violence Programs; Carmen Ortiz MSW, Clinical Coordinator - RISE Program; and Holly Fitting MA LMHC LCDP, Vice President of Behavioral Health
    The RISE program is a fully privately funded program that offers women risk and needs assessments that are gender responsive and directive in case management strategies. The element of volunteer enrollment and the willing consent of the services, has been key to the success of the program. The RISE program was featured on CTNBC News Connecticut for being the recipient of the Project Innovation Grant award for services to the community.

  2. ReDiscover: "Asking for Help is Hard. Let’s Make it Easier"
    Presenters: Ed Cullumber MSW MPA, VP of Mental Health Services; and Jennifer L. Craig MA MS LCPC SPHR SHRM-SCP, President & CEO
    Asking for and accessing timely help is a significant barrier in helping people begin their journey toward wellness and recovery. By providing rapid and flexible access to immediate behavioral health and substance use services, that substantial barrier is eliminated. This presentation will describe how ReDiscover has fostered health equity through its innovative use of its behavioral health urgent care clinics, mobile outreach teams, and its mobile clinic.

  3. Lutheran Family Services: "It Takes a Village"
    Presenter: Christopher Tonniges, President & CEO 
    Hear how Lutheran Family Services is taking a proactive approach to solving demand issues on the mental health system and increase in those suffering homelessness through its new initiative Dana Village. This initiative is serving youth aging out of the Foster Care System leveraging a closed historic college campus for housing, job placement, Mental and Behavioral Health and skills development. Hear how they acquired the campus, got to the point of serving a minimum of 20 youth this year and their goals and plans to ultimately serve annually a minimum of 100 of the state’s most vulnerable populations and build a national model.

Noon - 1:30 pm CDT (UTC-5) 

 Grab Lunch with a Few of Your mhca Peers

 1:30 - 3:00 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 General Session

A Dialog with The National Council

Presenter: The National Council CEO Chuck Ingoglia

In this interactive session, Chuck will review The National Council’s policy agenda and reflect on developments in policy, practice and regulation.

 3:00 - 3:30 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 Afternoon Break
 Sponsorship Available!  

 3:30 - 5:00 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 Free Time

Time to connect with your mhca peers is the most valuable benefit of attending our conferences - take this time to gather with your friends old and new for some relaxation and conversation.

 3:30 - 5:00 pm CDT (UTC-5)

mhca Board of Directors Meeting
Chair:  Kelly Phillips-Henry PsyD MBA

 5:00 - 6:30 pm CDT (UTC-5)

 Closing Reception
 Sponsorship Available!

All attendees and their travel companions are invited to join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

About Us

mhca is a results-oriented organization that operates in a fast, flexible, and focused mode. We take pride in the purposeful and productive involvement and participation of our members. Because mhca is composed of members who share common visions and priorities, we are able to quickly determine our objectives, commit the necessary resources, and accomplish our goals.

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